Why Caregivers Need Self-Compassion

Although the term “compassion fatigue” is well-known, some psychologists are starting to argue that the term should be changed to “empathy fatigue.”


Empathy can be defined as emotional resonance — feeling what others are feeling. Our brains actually have specialized mirror neurons designed for this purpose. Mirror neurons evolved to help us quickly know if someone is friend or foe by registering feelings such as anger or friendliness in our own bodies.


by Kristin Neff


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